Driver Installation Ubuntu kernel 2.6.17 Basic Help

Jouni Malinen j
Wed Mar 21 18:58:58 PDT 2007

On Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 12:01:14PM +0100, ahuguet at wrote:

> Reading it, seems that the only way to make use of that HostAP driver
> (with modified code lines on .c and .h files) is to compile the kernel
> anew?
> Couldn't be a way to just tell the system to compile HostAP, and use that
> "new" version, without need of recompiling the whole kernel?

If you build Host AP driver as a kernel module, you can just rebuild it
and reload the modules to update the driver without having to
rebuild or reboot the full kernel.

> Also, how can I know what version of HostAP is the one at
> /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.17/drivers/net/wireless/hostap?

It is "the version that comes with Linux 2.6.17". There is no external
package with the same driver and as such, no mapping to any other
version number.

Jouni Malinen                                            PGP id EFC895FA

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